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i know ashley's comment section tends to be sort of a hugbox, but both her instagram and yt comments have voiced a surprising level of concern over her choice to partner with amazon. of course, there are people commenting the usual stuff like "yaaaaas hire me queen", but most of the criticism has been nuanced enough. (note particularly how a lot of people have to repeat that "we still love you ashley!" when raising concerns.) idk how to do spoilers on here so just bear with me lol i for one am curious as to the increase in production value. the video looks well-shot and well-thought-out, not just a solo endeavor-- someone posing in their apartment with a vlogging camera balanced on a stack of books. was this filmed directly with amazon? usually sponsored videos are just a company telling an individual to promote the product and it's usually pretty hands-off. this seemed like a pretty involved video, and i know it's on a topic that people have been asking for. (i saw comments requesting an office lookbook on some of her older videos) idk how this video could have been in production, most likely with multiple people working on it, and the topic of potential backlash being voiced to her or her team. (or, they brought it up but she decided to green-light it anyway) ashley's politics seem like the typical left-of-center urbanite millennial (esp since she's a woman and a person of color), and she seems well-informed enough about the world around her, so i'm amazed at how short-sighted this was. amazon is literally the first company brought up when discussing workers' rights, antitrust legislation (maybe after facebook/google), and federal tax breaks for major corporations. if she ends up endorsing bernie or elizabeth warren around election time, that'll be hilarious
holy SHIT. someone who repeatedly rails against late-capitalism and preaches sustainability is now sponsored by amazon of all places, a company that made their employees keep working after someone DIED during their shift... if that doesn't show that she's not willing to put her money where her mouth is, then i don't know what will. i understand that some criticism of her may be done in bad faith, but this is seriously disappointing.
couldn't agree more-- i've lived in LA for all of my life and just moved away for college. it's really an amazing city and so much more than trendy instagram traps, overpriced cafes, and urban outfitters. given her workaholic mindset, i could see her liking new york, but since she already stressed herself out in LA of all places, i don't know if going to a high-pressure environment would really be that great. if anyone is interested in learning about what LA really is (beyond wilshire boulevard and silverlake), watch anthony bourdain's parts unknown episode on LA's hispanic community. it's definitely eye-opening in terms of how the city actually is. i'm so tired of her whole "i'm not like other LA girls ~" when she has the same basic style as a pretty large demographic of skinny millennial women. it depends too on where in new york she ends up, if she moves there. idk if she can afford rent on the upper east side (unless her parents are seriously helping her out), but she could try brooklyn or somewhere farther out from the manhattan/center of the city maybe she could move to a smaller east coast city like boston? also, i'm not excited for her clothing line. hopefully it wont turn out like jenn im's
no idea, i'm not super familiar with influencer sponsorship deals but if someone is explicitly promoting a product they usually have to put "#ad" or disclose that it's sponsored. ive seen other people link to where their clothes are from if they get enough comments asking and idk if they've denoted it as an ad.
holy shit. i've been looking for a thread about this girl for such a long time lol. i originally found her on my explore page bc i followed okmalissa, yeoja/junie and me.2 (ellen/generally) on IG (i had no idea they had some weird tumblr clique back in 2015 lol). i originally followed her bc i liked some of the clothes she wore and thought she was pretty back when she had black hair and only knew about her politics when she would post memes about slavoj zizek on her instagram story. i do have a lot of questions though, she buys designer clothes, fancy makeup, and judging by her photo/selfie backgrounds, her house/apartment looks really nice, is she super rich or something? i know international students that go to the US/UK/canada tend to be on the wealthier side, but she doesn't have a chinese accent and sounds like she grew up speaking english. this one ask on her tumblr about why she bought some chanel setting powder is hilarious-- "it's cheaper per ounce than the laura mercier one!" that's the same logic my parents would use for shopping at costco lmfao. i'm curious about where she went to college? ik a lot of leftists/"dirtbag leftist" people who listen to cumtown/chapo trap house tend to be on the younger side, plus she talks like she has to use a thesaurus for every other word
i've seen exo live twice and i can confirm that (for at least the shows i went to) they do sing live during concerts. in fact, i actually left the shows both times thinking that it was their dancing, not singing, that seemed a little lackluster. exo are pretty consistent regardless when it comes to vocals, and there are videos with some of the vocalists' voices cracking on a high note or starting to sing their line early that (while not great) show that they're singing live
agree with almost all of this except the part about loona. some of their solo and pre-debut work are my favorite kpop songs of all time in terms of production, but i thought that their debut was underwhelming. solo is gashina for straight people
new video was eh for me-- it's just an easy video that she could have made given the time of year. i do think that her outfits were much more wearable than her usual weird shirts under way-too-tight strappy dresses lol is anyone else tired with all the "scandalous shoulder" jokes? i get that with her demographic being people still going to middle/high school, jokes about outdated (and subliminally sexist) dress codes are still applicable, but she always makes that joke whenever wearing a tank top and it's really redundant. with that said, i remember writing a letter to the school district about unfair dress code regulations when i was in middle school, so whatever